NEW YORK - Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell and Roger Clemens were on the ballot for the baseball Hall of Fame, but none of them made it in this year.
Steroid-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa were also denied entry to baseball's Hall of Fame with voters failing to elect any candidates for only the second time in four decades.
Bonds received just 36.2 percent of the vote, Clemens 37.6 and Sosa 12.5 in totals announced Wednesday by the Hall and the Baseball Writers' Association of America. They were appearing on the ballot for the first time and have up to 14 more years to make it to Cooperstown.
Biggio, 20th on the career list with 3,060 hits, topped the 37 candidates with 68.2 percent of the 569 ballots, 39 shy of the 75 percent needed. Among other first-year eligibles, Mike Piazza received 57.8 percent and Curt Schilling 38.8.
Biggio's former teammate, Jeff Bagwell, slipped to 59.6 percent and third overall.
Jack Morris led holdovers with 67.7 percent. He will make his final ballot appearance next year, when Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine are eligible for the first time.
This was the first time since 1996 that no players on the ballot made it into the Hall of Fame.
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